bear arms

bear arms

To possess a weapon. The demonstration is in defense of the right to bear arms. We need to be careful, as some people in the crowd could be bearing arms.
See also: arm, bear
References in classic literature ?
In some governments the power is vested not only in those who bear arms, but also in those who have borne them.
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
It occurred to him that he had not been dubbed a knight, and that according to the law of chivalry he neither could nor ought to bear arms against any knight; and that even if he had been, still he ought, as a novice knight, to wear white armour, without a device upon the shield until by his prowess he had earned one.
The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms.
They were one of the few families then resident in the colonies who thought it a degradation to its members to descend to the pursuits of commerce; and who never emerged from the privacy of domestic life unless to preside in the councils of the colony or to bear arms in her defense.
One Nazarene warrior might indeed bear arms in my behalf, even Wilfred, son of Cedric, whom the Gentiles call Ivanhoe.
Old men who could no longer bear arms took similar stations, and harangued the warriors as they passed, exhorting them to valorous deeds.
All Martian men are warriors, save those physically unable to bear arms.
249) In 1909, Associate Justice Simpson provided a helpful definition, and opined that the right to bear arms applies to the defense of one's property: "[o]ur Constitution guarantees to every one the right to bear arms in defense of person or property.
Heller will be overturned and our right to bear arms will be regulated to extinction.
The Second Amendment protects everyone's right to bear arms, not just white people's, right?
Heller, the United States Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects a right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.
In fact, the right to bear arms is a God-given, natural, fundamental, unalienable, constitutionally protected right.
THE right of Americans to bear arms was written in the Constitution in 1791: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.